“The US gets its ass handed to it” In RAND Corp Analysis of War w/China and Russia

The RAND Corporation, who carried out the simulation, claimed US land, sea and air forces would be reduced to rubble in the outlandish scenario. Nonprofit research organization RAND Corporation reported the war-game showed US armed forces facing substantial losses, despite repeated attempts to overcome both Russia and China’s military muscle. RAND analyst David Ochmanek said: “In our games when we fight Russia and China, the US gets its a** handed to it.

“We lose a lot of people.

“We lose a lot of equipment.

“We usually fail to achieve our objective of preventing aggression by the adversary.”

The simulations showed the US see major setbacks in all five battlefield domains.

The US were soundly beaten on land, sea, air, space and cyberspace.

US stealth fighters were often wiped out while still on the runway.

Former deputy secretary of defence and an experienced war-gamer Robert Work said: “F-35 rules the sky when it’s in the sky, it gets killed on the ground in large numbers.”

Other scenarios showed that US warships were sunk and US bases reduced to rubble.

The aircraft carrier Liaoning of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy leaves a shipyard
The aircraft carrier Liaoning of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy leaves a shipyard (Image: GETTY)

The US was seen to not have enough anti-air and missile defence capabilities to strike back in the event of a high-end conflict.

Both aircraft carriers and US Air Force bases were often targeted by long-range precision-guided missiles, and the US Army’s tank brigades were pummeled by cruise missiles, drones and helicopters, officials stated.

Mr Ochmanek said: ”Things that rely on sophisticated base infrastructure like runways and fuel tanks are going to have a hard time.”

When it comes to cyber warfare, Mr Ochmanek indicated that US satellites and wireless networks could become ineffective if Chinese military forces were to employ “system destruction warfare”.



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2 thoughts on ““The US gets its ass handed to it” In RAND Corp Analysis of War w/China and Russia

  1. I can’t help the suspicion that an American think-tank produced a report to justify more money to the US military industrial complex.
    China and Russia dominate in cyberspace and space? The 3 top cloud providers are American (Google, Microsoft and Amazon). China’s Alibaba Cloud is a clone of Amazon.
    I find it difficult to believe that China or Russia have the deep pockets to sustain a plethora of “security/hacking” firms unlike the millions from CIA/DARPA/Venture funds in the US.

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  2. I think you’re probably right, ebolainfo. Increasing the military budget is probably a strong motivation. From everything I’ve read, though, China is far better at hacking than the US – mainly because this is where they focus most of the military spending.


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